June 2015

Kids Club Starts June 9th.

MD Nursery has been offering free gardening classes for kids each summer for over 15 years. We are proud to offer these classes once again beginning June 9th. Classes are held each Tuesday (except July 7th) rain or shine until August 18th. Classes take place at our Children’s Garden and Education Center. Space is limited. Call 208-354-8816 ext.  119 to reserve your spot.  Visit our website for more information.

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Marigold Café One Year Anniversary:

It’s been one year already! Be sure to stop in for breakfast, coffee, lunch or a treat.

Summer hours are 8-4 Monday – Saturday.
Join us for Fro-Yo Happy Hour Thursdays from 2-4 pm

Enjoy frozen yogurt with any of your favorite toppings for just 30¢ per ounce.

3rd Annual Big Zucchini Contest:

Back by popular demand, our Big Zucchini Contest will take place August 15th. Bring in your homegrown zucchini for judging between 9:00 am and noon. Zucchini must be grown in Teton County Idaho or Wyoming. Contest is free to enter and fun for all ages.  The winner gets bragging rights and a $50 MD gift card.

Right Plant, Right Place

Over the years we’ve helped a lot of customers choose trees or shrubs to serve a specific purpose. While it’s easy to pick a tree simply for its looks or for the fruit it bears, it becomes more of a challenge to find the right tree or shrub to suit a specific growing requirement. Here are some of the most common requests:
What can you grow that won’t get eaten by deer, elk or moose?
Animals will eat anything if there is no other choice. The following plants are not 100% animal proof, but are less palatable to large game.
Lilac, juniper, Siberian peashrub, barberry, cotoneaster, potentilla and hawthorn
What trees will grow the fastest?
Growth rate will depend a lot on the growing season, proper planting, adequate water and fertilizer.
Poplars, cottonwood, aspen and willow grow the fastest.
What tree is best for screening?
Colorado Spruce is the best choice with its dense evergreen foliage.
What shrubs are best for a hedge?
Peking or Hedge cotoneaster, lilacs, Siberian peashrub and alpine currant are all great choices.
What trees and shrubs will grow in a wet area?
Willows, dogwood, birch and poplars are adapted to wet soils.
What is drought-tolerant?
The following are drought tolerant once they are established, usually in one or two seasons:
Ash, pine, juniper, buffaloberry, maple, peashrub, red leaf rose, hawthorn and western sandcherry are adapted to dry conditions.
What shrubs will stay low?
Alpine currant, spirea, pottentilla and barberry all grow less than 4 feet tall.
What will grow well in the shade?
Elderberry, dogwood, aspen, snowberry, twinberry honeysuckle are all good choices for shade.
What plants can handle snow shedding from my roof?
Elderberry, potentilla and arctic willow can take a beating. Prune off any dead or broken branches in the spring.
When planting trees and shrubs in more challenging sites, proper planting and care will make a huge difference in whether a plant succeeds or not.  Click here for our planting guide

What bugs us: Tent Caterpillars:

These pests are easily identified by a web like tent filled with very hungry caterpillars. They are common on chokecherries and hawthorns where the caterpillars hatch in the spring and grow within their protective tent. The caterpillars feed on the foliage of the host plant until they pupate.  They eventually emerge as small moths in early August.  After mating, the moths lay clusters of eggs on host plants where they overwinter and continue the cycle the following spring.

Although these caterpillars can defoliate an entire plant, they seldom kill it and the plant will typically grow new leaves again that season. Successive years of defoliation can eventually kill or stress the host plants. There are several control methods:

Bacillus Thuringiensis or Bt: This biological control is only harmful to caterpillars. Caterpillars die after they eat the treated foliage. Bt is sold as Caterpillar Killer by Safer™ or Garden Dust by Safer™

Spinosad:  Kills caterpillars on contact and by the caterpillars feeding on treated foliage. Spinosad is sold by Natural Guard™ in a spray bottle or as Borer, Bagworm, Tent Caterpillar & Leafminer Spray by Fertilome™
Mechanical Removal: Cut out the nest and dispose of it. This is best done early in the morning, while most of the caterpillars are within the tent.

Recipes from the Garden

Spinach is one of the easiest greens to grow, often providing local gardeners with a bountiful harvest through June. Spinach loves cool weather and will begin to bolt, or flower once the temperatures climb. It’s best to pick spinach before bolting for the best flavor. Here’s is a simple, healthy and tasty way to include your harvest in your dinner!

Penne with Spinach

Ingredients:
1 pound penne
3 garlic cloves
2 ounces goat cheese
1 ounce cream cheese
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 ounces fresh spinach leaves
2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
Directions:
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add the penne and cook until it is tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 12 minutes.

Mince the garlic in a food processor. Add the goat cheese, cream cheese, 3/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper, and half of the spinach leaves. Blend until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Set the cheese and spinach mixture aside.

Meanwhile, place the remaining spinach leaves in a large bowl.

Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Spoon the pasta atop the spinach leaves in the bowl. Scrape the cheese and spinach mixture over the pasta mixture and toss to coat, adding enough reserved cooking liquid to moisten. Season the pasta, to taste, with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the Parmesan over and serve.

Recipe adapted from foodnetwork.com

Our Favorite Things:

Father’s Day is on June 21st.
Here are some of our favorite things for Dad:

Hori Hori knife:  This Japanese-inspired knife has multiple uses- dig, cut, weed or chop. It even has a bottle opener!

 

 

 

 

EarthBox™ Garden Kit:  This self watering planter is ideal for growing tomatoes and other veggies

 

 

 

 

 

Pocket Monkey: This is a multi tool that’s the size of a credit card. Stick one in your wallet and have this handy tool at the ready.

 

 

 

 

 

Portable Padded Seats and Outdoor blankets:  Stay dry and comfy and enjoy the show. Perfect for music on main!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acrylic Drink glasses and pitchers: Bring out some stylish and durable wine glasses, tumblers or beer mugs on your next picnic, camping trip or backyard weenie roast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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